Also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, a herniated disc can result in painful symptoms that worsen over time. Patients can turn to double-board certified pain physician Uday Bhatt, MD, at NJ Spine and Pain Center PC, which has locations in Hamilton Square, Monroe, and Flemington, New Jersey for expert treatment of herniated discs and the pain associated with this condition. Herniated discs occur when there is damage to one or more of your spinal discs. Dr. Bhatt provides conservative and effective treatment for patients suffering from herniated discs and can help develop the right treatment plan for your needs. Call any of the offices or book your appointment online today.
A spinal disc is a protective cushion made of a jelly-like material surrounded by a tougher exterior. When the jelly-like material pushes through the tough exterior into the spinal canal, its referred to as a ruptured, slipped, or herniated disc.
Herniated discs can irritate nearby nerves resulting in painful symptoms that can travel to different parts of the body. A herniated disc can be caused by an injury, overexertion, or age-related disc degeneration.
Any of the discs along your spine can protrude or herniate. A herniated disc can occur in your neck as well as your lower back. Symptoms depend on the location and severity of the herniated disc, but they often include:
A herniated disc results in pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected area. If your damaged disc isn’t pressing against a nerve, it’s possible to not experience symptoms at all. If you experience persistent pain accompanied by tingling, numbness or muscle weakness, book an appointment with Dr. Bhatt to discuss treatment options.
Before you begin treatment, Dr. Bhatt has to diagnose your condition. Diagnosis begins with a discussion of your symptoms and medical history. Dr. Bhatt then performs a physical exam, checking for pain and tenderness. He’ll also evaluate your reflexes, muscle strength, and ability to walk normally. In some cases, Dr. Bhatt may require additional testing like an X-ray or CT scan to accurately diagnose your condition.
Dr. Bhatt takes a conservative approach to treating herniated discs. In many cases, patients see their symptoms clear up after a period of low activity. But you should avoid too much bed rest because it can stiffen your joints and weaken your muscles. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be used to ease your symptoms as you recover.
If your condition is unresponsive to at-home care, Dr. Bhatt also provides several effective treatment options like medications and cortisone injections. Physical therapy is also effective at minimizing the symptoms of herniated discs. Treatment depends on the severity of your condition.
To speak with Dr. Bhatt about your treatment options, book your appointment by phone or online today.